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Botany Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 12:28 PM
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"socialized medicine" and other fear tactics go back to truman and 1945
This Day in Truman History
November 19, 1945
President Truman's Proposed Health Program

On November 19, 1945, only 7 months into his presidency, Harry S. Truman sent a Presidential message to the United States Congress proposing a new national health care
program. In his message, Truman argued that the federal government should play a role in health care, saying "The health of American children, like their education, should
be recognized as a definite public responsibility." One of the chief aims of President Truman's plan was to insure that all communities, regardless of their size or income
level, had access to doctors and hospitals. President Truman emphasized the urgent need for such measures, asserting that "About 1,200 counties, 40 percent of the total
in the country, with some 15,000,000 people, have either no local hospital, or none that meets even the minimum standards of national professional associations. "


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The most controversial aspect of the plan was the proposed national health insurance plan. In his November 19, 1945 address, President Truman called for the creation of a
national health insurance fund to be run by the federal government. This fund would be open to all Americans, but would remain optional. Participants would pay monthly
fees into the plan, which would cover the cost of any and all medical expenses that arose in a time of need. The government would pay for the cost of services rendered by
any doctor who chose to join the program. In addition, the insurance plan would give a cash balance to the policy holder to replace wages lost due to illness or injury.

President Truman's health proposals finally came to Congress in the form of a Social Security expansion bill, co-sponsored in Congress by Senators Robert Wagner (D-NY)
and James Murray (D-MT), along with Representative John Dingell (D-MI). For this reason, the bill was known popularly as the W-M-D bill. The American Medical Association
(AMA) launched a spirited attack against the bill, capitalizing on fears of Communism in the public mind. The AMA characterized the bill as "socialized medicine", and in a
forerunner to the rhetoric of the McCarthy era, called Truman White House staffers "followers of the Moscow party line".


http://www.trumanlibrary.org/anniversaries/healthprogra...


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So the next time a Joe Liebermann, a Chuck Grassley, or a Max Baucus talks about "taking our time" or "waiting to the recession is over" tell them to eat shit and die and
quit protecting the insurance companies. It has been 64 years and the lies, the stalling and the rhetoric on the right hasn't changed one bit.



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Libertas1776 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 12:34 PM
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going even farther back. The fucking AMA called FDR's attempt at national health insurance socialized medicine as well. The AMA has been fucking over this country since.
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Botany Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 12:38 PM
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2. Funny now the AMA is for health care reform
Same old fear tactics ..... BTW I love when they call Obama a socialist. Tim Guinther and Ben Bernanke are hardly socialists.
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